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Sightseeing

In a historic town such as Casa you can of course expect to find many interesting sights, some of them are related to history. Here are a few highlights:

Hassan II Mosque - This imposing mosque is the ultimate example of modern Moroccan styling in buildings.  So proud are the people of Casa of this building that it invites non-Muslims to visit it so that they may appreciate its grandeur. Completed only in 1993 it is a showpiece of tilework, plaster, wood carvings and modern technology. Take a guided tour to fully appreciate the significance of what you can see here.  Hours:  From Saturday to Thursday 9:00 10:00 11:00 2:00 p.m. .

The one hour tours are conducted in English, French, German and Spanish. They include the prayer hall, absolution and steam room. It is free to explore the outside courtyards and view the towers, but for the inside views the tour costing 120 dhs is required

You will find the 9 hectare complex of buildings and courtyards near the sea, on Bd Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah where it overlooks both the harbor and the El Hank lighthouse.

El Hank Lighthouse - Also known as Phare d'el Hank this traditional lighthouse built in 1919 the light in the tower still flashes white every 15 seconds. A round stone tower with gallery it is painted white. it is the tallest of Morocco's many traditional lighthouses and is the landfall light for Casa as it is located on the western most point of the city.  The grounds are open for visits but no entry is permitted into the tower.

Square of Mohammed V - The main plaza of Casa and sometimes called by visitors "pigeon park" it is to Casablanca what the Piazza san Marco is to Venice. There is a beautiful fountain, musical at times, as well as vendors selling corn to feed to birds.  Visit at night to see the lights!

Marabout de Sidi Abderrahmane - When visiting the beach spend some to visit this islet tomb of the founder of Algeria.  Located on a rocky outcrop just beyond the edge of the beach, overlooked by Morocco Mall making a fine contrast between historic religious, and modern secular that shows how Casablanca has brought tradition into the modern 21st century embracing and maintain both important ideals of history as well aspirations of modern life.

Out of town

Use Casa as a great base to visit some of the nearby historic and interesting sights:

Azemmour - Just 80km  south of the city this little visited village has a history that dates back hundreds of years, today the ramparts and walls around the old Medina and the connected fortress or Kasbah which is 400 years old are all worth visiting. A clean quiet beach makes it worth a day trip or mo

Mohammedia - Less than 30km north of Casa you will find this sleepy beach town with a laid back atmosphere. Although there is a large port here the town itself is unchanged from a hundred years ago, and even the "new Town" is historic! Cafes and restaurants are full of locals and in-the-know Expatriates during the summer months and on holidays.